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Samsung and Apple in Talks to Settle Patent Wars

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Apple and Samsung are reportedly in advanced talks that could see the two sides settle their long running and acrimonious patent disputes.

While the talks have been expected, and the US judge hearing many of the cases between the two firms has been pushing for talks, that they were taking place at all is a development. Apple has now confirmed that it's been in talks with Samsung to put an end to all litigation issues.

However, Apple is said to be playing hard-ball this time and demanding its pound of flesh from Samsung, which it has repeatedly accused of blatantly ripping off its smartphone designs.

A copy of a court document regarding the matter was obtained by The Korea Times.

"Only Apple seeks to impose an obstacle to this resolution through a unilateral condition precedent to further alternative dispute resolutions (ADR)," the document said. "Samsung remains amenable to discussing settlement of these cases without seeking to impose any comparable conditions upon Apple."

Samsung has so far paid out around $1 billion to Apple after losing a couple of patent lawsuits in the USA, and while it holds patents that Apple almost certainly infringes, it looks as if the legal tide is against it.

Samsung would have more to gain from a settlement, which is why the documents indicate a more pliant South Korean firm, and a more belligerent USA company.

In the USA, Apple and Google have just agreed to settle their smartphone patent battles, and the outstanding case with Samsung was seen as the last big hurdle to overcome in an industry-wide rebalancing of the patent wars.

On the web: The Korea Times

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